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Ravens Re-Sign Rolle

From the Baltimore Sun

Twenty days after he was released by the Ravens, veteran cornerback Samari Rolle signed a new, four-year contract with the team on Monday. It took a face-to-face meeting with team officials — soon after the release — to clear the air and keep Rolle, 32, in Baltimore.

“At first, with all the rumors out there, I wasn’t sure if I would ever be back in this building,” Rolle told BaltimoreRavens.com, which first reported the signing. “It’s been a few weeks, but eventually I knew that this was where I needed to be. I’m happy to be back with the Ravens.”

At the team’s draft luncheon last week, general manager Ozzie Newsome talked about the meeting with Rolle that paved the way for his return. “What we experienced with Samari two weeks ago … when he came in and sat down and talked with us and expressed some things to us, and we were able to express some things back to him … it broke a lot of barriers,” Newsome said.

Rolle has spent four of his 11 NFL seasons with the Ravens, and earned the team’s Ed Block Courage Award in 2007 after he came back from an adverse reaction to epilepsy medication to play that season. Last year, he started 10 games and had three interceptions and 13 passes defensed.

This was a bit of a surprising move since it appeared both sides were ready to move on. But it looks like things have been patched up. Where Rolle fits in is uncertain but it never hurts to add depth to the corner.

It adds further speculation that Baltimore will look to draft a receiver with its 26th pick in the first round to add a weapon for Joe Flacco.


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